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June 30, 2015 - 5:30am
15 hours 46 min ago

PARIS (AP) — A man with suspected ties to Islamic State extremists who is accused of beheading his boss at a French gas factory has been handed preliminary charges of murder and terrorism ties.

Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said anti-terrorism investigators handed Yassin Salhi the preliminary charges Tuesday.

Salhi was arrested after the attack Friday, which also prompted an explosion and two light injuries. His lawyer...

June 30, 2015 - 5:20am
1 day 1 hour ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A huge explosion has shaken the Afghan capital, Kabul, sending a plume of black smoke over the city's western suburbs.

The cause was no immediately known. The deputy chief of Kabul police, Sayed Gulagha has confirmed it was an explosion and says it appears to have occurred near a busy shopping district.

The explosion comes as government employees are leaving their offices at the end of the working day, which is shorter...

June 30, 2015 - 5:01am
1 day 1 hour ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has agreed to end mobile roaming charges within two years and allow travelers to pay the same price for calls, text messages and data anywhere in the 28 EU nations.

The deal sealed by lawmakers and EU country representatives also means that Internet users will be able to access content without being unfairly slowed down or blocked.

Top EU top digital affairs official Guenther Oettinger welcomed the move Tuesday,...

June 30, 2015 - 5:01am
1 day 1 hour ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has criticized the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank for its failure to publicly condemn a recent spate of attacks on Israelis.

Benjamin Netanyahu says those "who do not clearly oppose terrorism cannot wash their hands of it."

His remarks were directed at the Palestinian Authority, which runs the West Bank.

He spoke a day after a Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli...

June 30, 2015 - 4:46am
20 hours 26 min ago

VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats say that a U.N. nuclear agency will confirm that Iran has met a key condition of a preliminary nuclear agreement, changing a substantial amount of enriched uranium into a form that is difficult to use for nuclear arms.

Enriched uranium can be used to generate energy or as the fissile core of a nuclear weapon, depending on its enrichment level. Under the preliminary deal reached in November 2013, Iran agreed to convert thousands of kilograms of the...

June 30, 2015 - 4:37am
1 day 1 hour ago

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of British police are taking part in a major counter-terror exercise in London, testing the abilities of emergency services to respond to a Tunisia-style attack of extremists with firearms.

The exercise dubbed Operation Strong Tower has been planned for six months and is not connected to the recent attack at a north African beach resort. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner says the Met has never before put on an exercise of this...

June 30, 2015 - 4:35am
1 day 2 hours ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia says he is confident that the "great debate" among Australians over gay marriage would result in the best outcome for the country.

Ambassador John Berry told reporters on Tuesday that Australia has always been ahead of the U.S. in providing rights to gays. But after the U.S. Supreme Court last week voted to legalize gay marriages in the entire nation, "for a short period of time we may lap you...

June 30, 2015 - 4:28am
18 hours 6 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official says a bomb blast near a police station killed three people, a day after the assassination of the country's prosecutor general.

The blast took place Tuesday in the Six of October district. The official says it is not immediately clear whether the three killed were assailants traveling in a car or civilians.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press....

June 30, 2015 - 4:25am
1 day 2 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Fire is raging in the woods in the exclusion zone around the destroyed Chernobyl plant in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian State Service for Emergency Situations said in a statement on Tuesday that the fire started Monday evening and that as of early Tuesday morning firefighters still have not brought it under control.

It was unclear if the blaze has hit parts of the zone heavily contaminated by radiation from the 1986 reactor explosion and fire...

June 30, 2015 - 4:01am
1 day 2 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — Greenpeace activists have hung a banner defending people's right to protest from a construction crane close to Spain's Parliament as part of activities to highlight the coming into effect of the Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," July 1.

Greenpeace draped the banner, which read "Protesting is a Right" early Tuesday on a crane located just behind the lower house in Madrid.

Social activists plan protests up to and around...

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